2016-17 KCJO Season Art of the Big Band! ______________________________________________
Celebrating our 'Fifth' Anniversary Season at the magnificent Helzberg Hall/Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Please join Artistic Director/Conductor Clint Ashlock & The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra for these four innovative, entertaining, and always swinging concerts:
Season Premiere! “CLASSIC BIG BAND BROADWAY!” Friday, October 7th, 2016 – 8 PM Helzberg Hall
The KCJO will swing some of the greatest songs ever heard on the Broadway stages from some of America’s finest composers: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “SOMEENCHANTED EVENING,” Kander & Ebb’s “CABARET,” Lerner & Loewe’s “ICOULD HAVE DANCED ALL NIGHT!,” Irving Berlin’s classic show-stopper “THERE’S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS!”, Bernstein & Sondheim’s immortal “MARIA” from West Side Story, and many others!
The Annual Holiday Christmas Concert “THE KCJO SWINGS THE NUTCRACKER!” Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 – 7 PM (early show) Helzberg Hall
Mr. Tchaikovsky’s is going to swing! Question: What happens when Artistic Director Clint Ashlock & The KCJO borrow a little Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, and add swinging new arrangements of your favorite selections from the “The Nutcracker Suite?” Answer: You have a musical recipe for a fun, innovative, and highly entertaining concert of this timeless classic, that the whole family will enjoy. As Jackie Gleason would have said, “How suite it is!”
"HARD HABIT TO BREAK!" Friday, March 3, 2017 – 8 PM in Helzberg Hall
It’s timeto join THE KANSAS CITY JAZZ ORCHESTRA for a spectacular big band celebration of some of the great songs of the ‘horn-based’ rock bands of all-time. You’ll hear brand new arrangements of some of the greatest hits of iconic pop artists of the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s who dominated the popular music charts: “CHICAGO,”“BLOOD SWEAT & TEARS,”“EARTH, WIND & FIRE” and many others. Even “AFTER THE LOVE ISGONE,” there’ll be horns-a-plenty and feet a-tappin’ in Helzberg Hall!
Season Finale! “’ROUND ABOUT MIDNIGHT” The Music of Miles Davis and John Coltrane Friday, April 21st, 2017– 8 PM in Helzberg Hall
You’ll know you’ve experienced the true ART OF THE BIG BAND! when THE KANSAS CITY JAZZ ORCHESTRA plays a very special tribute to two of the greatest jazz artists of all-time: Trumpeter MILES DAVIS and Saxophonist JOHN COLTRANE. New arrangements of “SOMEDAY MY PRINCE WILL COME,” “ON GREEN DOLPHIN STREET,”“MY FAVORITE THINGS,”“A LOVE SUPREME,” plus other ‘Miles’ and ‘Trane’ classics!
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